Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby

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Born(1628-01-19)19 January 1628
Died21 December 1672(1672-12-21) (aged 44)
Locality Liverpool
Spouse(s)Dorothea Helena Kirkhoven
Issue William Stanley, 9th Earl of Derby
James Stanley, 10th Earl of Derby
Father James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
Mother Charlotte de La Trémouille

Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby (19 January 1628 – 21 December 1672) was an English nobleman and politician. He was the eldest son of James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby and Charlotte de La Trémouille.



As Lord Strange, he took little part in the English Civil War. In France at the time of his father's condemnation in 1651, he petitioned unsuccessfully for the latter's life. After succeeding to the Earldom, he lived quietly at Bidston Hall, Cheshire, emerging to support Booth's unsuccessful rising in 1659. Attainted for so doing, he was restored the following year and the family's lands in the Isle of Man were returned to him. [ citation needed ]

He served as mayor of Liverpool, between 1666 and 1667. [1]

Marriage and children

Arms of Stanley impaling Kirkhoven, representing the marriage of the 8th Earl of Derby, St Paul's Church, Witherslack, Cumbria St Paul's Church, Witherslack, Cumbria - Window detail - - 930602.jpg
Arms of Stanley impaling Kirkhoven, representing the marriage of the 8th Earl of Derby, St Paul's Church, Witherslack, Cumbria

In 1650, he married Dorothea Helena Kirkhoven (died 1674), daughter of Jehan, Lord of Heenvliet of Holland; he was one of the diplomats involved in negotiating the marriage between William II, Prince of Orange and Mary, Princess Royal, daughter of King Charles I, future parents of King William III of England. Dorothea's mother was Katherine Wotton, widow of Henry Stanhope, Lord Stanhope (d. 1634), 2nd surviving son of Philip Stanhope, 1st Earl of Chesterfield and the elder daughter of Thomas Wotton, 2nd Baron Wotton by his wife Mary Throckmorton, a daughter of Sir Arthur Throckmorton of Paulerspury, Northamptonshire. [ citation needed ]

They had two sons:

In 1660, Dorothea, who had her father's Netherlands nationality, was naturalised as English by Act of Parliament. [2]

Wife's royal affair

Dorothea reportedly had an extramarital tryst with King Charles II which resulted in a child:

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Honorary titles
English Interregnum Vice-Admiral of Cheshire
Title next held by
The Earl of Derby
Vice-Admiral of Lancashire
Succeeded by
Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire
jointly with The Lord Brereton 1662–1664
and Lancashire

Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by Earl of Derby
Succeeded by
Head of State of the Isle of Man
Preceded by Lord of Mann
Succeeded by